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Author Mancall, Peter C.

Title Deadly medicine : Indians and alcohol in early America / Peter C. Mancall.

Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  362.292 M268D    Check Shelf
Description xix, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-259) and index.
Contents History and physiology -- Stereotypes -- Trade -- Consumption -- Costs -- Temperance -- New Spain, New France -- The British Imperial moment, 1763-1775 -- Legacies.
Summary Alcohol abuse has killed and impoverished American Indians since the seventeenth century, when European settlers began trading rum for furs. In the first book to probe the origins of this ongoing social crisis, Peter C. Mancall explores the liquor trade's devastating impact on the Indian communities of colonial America. The author follows the trail of rum from the West Indian producers to the colonial distributors and on to the Indian consumers in the eastern woodlands. To discover why Indians participated in the trade and why they experienced such a powerful desire for alcohol, he addresses current medical views on alcoholism and reexamines the colonial era as a time when Indians were forming new strategies for survival in a world that had been radically changed. Finally, Mancall compares Indian drinking in New France and New Spain with that in the British colonies.
Forever shattering the stereotype of the drunken Indian, Mancall offers a powerful indictment of English participation in the liquor trade and a new awareness of the trade's tragic cost for the American Indians.
Subject Alkohol (DE-588)4001210-4
Indexed Term United States
Subject Indians, North American. (DNLM)D007198
United States -- ethnology. (DNLM)D014481Q000208
Nordamerika (DE-588)4042483-2
Alcoholic Beverages -- adverse effects. (DNLM)D000434Q000009
Indexed Term American Indians Alcoholism History
Local Subject Indigenous peoples -- North America -- Alcohol use -- History.
Subject Indianer (DE-588)4026718-0
Chronological Term Geschichte 1650-1775
Subject Indians of North America -- Alcohol use -- History.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Subject Indians of North America -- Alcohol use. (OCoLC)fst00969640
Alcohol Drinking -- history. (DNLM)D000428Q000266
Local Subject Indigenous peoples, North American. (DNLM)D007198
Subject Alcohol Drinking -- ethnology. (DNLM)D000428Q000208
Alkoholkonsum (DE-588)4001223-2
Other Form: Online version: Mancall, Peter C. Deadly medicine. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995 (OCoLC)607735327
Online version: Mancall, Peter C. Deadly medicine. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995 (OCoLC)624379260
ISBN 0801427622 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780801427626 (cloth ; alk. paper)
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